Why isn’t the deal done?
Marc Stein of ESPN:
The key question: Will the Heat still complete the trade if they can’t find a third team? A lot of trade ideas fall apart once you realize one team doesn’t want the players slated its way. If one team doesn’t want them, why would another team?
But I think this deal would happen without a third team, both because of how it was reported and how much it favors the Heat. If they’re going to flip Udrih and/or Stokes, it’d just be easier to do it simultaneously.
Udrih is a decent backup point guard, and a few teams could use one. Stokes has potential as a rebounder and interior scorer. But Miami is probably ready to make Tyler Johnson the full-time backup point guard, and Stokes probably wouldn’t crack the rotation. Above the luxury-tax line and subject to the harsh repeater rate, the Heat might rather dump those two than pay the high cost of keeping them.
If that doesn’t happen now, expect the Miami-Memphis trade to still go through – though that’s not a certainly – and Udrih and Stokes to be available for minimal return.